Monday Nov 24, 2008

Why I like Ruby: String Interpolation & "here" docs

There are many reasons to like Ruby. String interpolation and "here docs" are two of them. This post shows how they would improve JSP syntax, in particular.

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Monday Jan 21, 2008

Domain Specific "PowerTool" Languages Promote Elegance

In both Ruby and DITA, domain specific languages make elegance possible. More importantly, each is producing an ecosystem of domain specific languages (aka "power tools") that is making it possible to do ever more as time goes on.[Read More]

Monday Sep 17, 2007

Using Java Classes in JRuby

I recently had occasion to write a JRuby script that used Java APIs in the XDocs CMS. I found most of the information I needed scattered around the web (the URLs are listed in the Resources section at the end). I decided to collect the relevant stuff in one place, leaving out the stuff that seemed extraneous, and adding the additional little bits that turned out to be necessary. This post contains the results. (But things may well change, so let me know if there are errors or it needs to be brought up to date!)[Read More]

Wednesday Sep 05, 2007

JRuby: What I Need to Know

I was recently asked, "As a developer, what kind of stuff do you need to know--what kind of information do you need to learn the language and be productive in it?" Here are the thoughts that come to mind in response to that question.
 

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